The real Shakespearean tragedy is the entire uncompressed works of the bard himself would occupy less than six megabytes of hard disk space, a pittance by today’s standards, but they elected to make this widget dependent on an Internet connection.
I spent several years subscribing to a writing forum and a key skill impressed on novice fiction writers there was to impart the maximum amount of meaning using the minimum number of words. Brevity was the name of the bard.
It doesn't. It only takes a few words - or sentences at most to fully describe what's on a picture, resulting in the same information. Pixels of a picture are mostly wasted and don't contain any important information at all. You could reduce the size of said photo to 1/20th and it would still show a indistinctive picture of your cat.Or to put it another way, one medium-high-resolution photo of your cat taken with a modern cell phone technically has more information in it than William Shakespeare's entire life work.
Information or data? That is the question.
Ask a quantum physicist and he’ll tell you there’s no distinction between the two so far as the universe is concerned. When they argue about the black hole “information paradox” the pixels in the cat photo of all reality is exactly what’s at stake..
I don't really understand much about quantum theory but the definition of information there appears to relate to information about the entity itself rather than its relationship to and hence portrayal of something else. The picture could just be a completely abstract image without the information that it was formed by light reflected from some physical object. The information that it is a photo of a cat is not contained in the image itself.
The image is not a photo of a cat to an observer who knows nothing about cats and indeed may not even sense the image visually as we do. My distinction was between data, which only contains facts integral to itself, and information, which relates to other things in a wider context.
... Which I guess ultimately comes around to how amazing it is that a talented writer or bard can "say so much" and invoke such a wide range of internal experiences in the reader via what is in fact a ridiculously spare, lossy, and highly compressed data stream. How we take these symbols and translate them so readily into meaning is as astounding a miracle as nature has to offer.